National Park Service Founder’s Day is celebrated on August 25th and is the day in 1916 when President Woodrow Wilson signed the Organic Act, which was intended to provide protection for the national parks and their resources. In honor of this day, I’ll share some photos from the National Parks I have visited.
Here in my home state of Washington, we have three national parks, North Cascades National Park, Olympic National Park and Mount Rainier National Park. We haven’t yet visited North Cascades, but hope to someday soon.
Moving down the west coast to Oregon, you’ll find Crater Lake National Park, the only national park in the state. It is an absolutely stunning site to see.
California is home to nine national parks and I have been fortunate to have visited four of these.
Yosemite National Park is absolutely stunning. The first time I saw tunnel view, it took my breath away.
Death Valley National Park is another amazing place to see. We visited in December a few years ago and the weather was in the 70s, a nice break from the usual, triple digit summer heat.
Joshua Tree National Park is yet another beautiful place to visit.
Another one of our favorite parks is Denali, in Alaska.
Yellowstone National Park was the first national park, established in 1872, and is still the most popular.
Grand Teton, about a one hours drive from Yellowstone is another impressive site to see.
Hawaii has eight national parks. We visited Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island over 30 years ago, so I don’t have any photos, however, I vividly remember standing near the ocean and seeing the steam rise up as the hot lava hit the water.
Later this fall, we will be taking a trip to Utah to visit a few of their five national parks; I can’t wait.
Our national parks are absolute treasures and I hope we continue to protect and preserve them so they can be enjoyed by future generations.
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